Ampleforth Abbey, Ampleforth

Ampleforth Abbey is a monastery of Benedictine Monks a mile to the east of Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, England, part of the English Benedictine Congregation. It claims descent from the pre-Reformation community at Westminster Abbey through the last surviving monk from Westminster Sigebert Buckley (c. 1520 - c. 1610). The current Abbot is Fr. Cuthbert Madden, and the Prior is Fr Terence Richardson.HistoryThe Abbey was founded in a house given to Father Anselm Bolton by The Honorable Anne Fairfax, daughter of Charles Gregory Fairfax, 9th Viscount Fairfax of Emley. This house was taken over by Dr. Brewer, President of the Congregation, 30 July 1802. The community, since leaving Dieulouard in Lorraine, where its members had joined with Spanish and Cassinese Benedictines to form the monastery of St Laurence, had been successively at Acton Burnell, Tranmere, Scholes, Vernon Hall, and Parbold Hall, under its superior Dr. Marsh.
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  • We went to visit this Abbey on a rainy day but it didn't matter as there is plenty to see indoors. Fabulous cafĂ© with yummy food and cakes. Fantastic orchard, interesting history, very good cider and ...  more »
  • The Abbey has an amazing history and the place needs to be seen to believed. The monks life is very interesting. I couldn't ever give up life as I know it to do what they do. But the actual place is j...  more »
  • We visited for a brief trip, with 2 minivans of us. Some are blind, some partially sighted and others with various afflictions, but all enjoyed their day. Weather was unkind, with heavy rain as we arr...  more »
  • Enjoyed our guided tour by a brother of the Abbey. Tours take place weekly on Thursdays at 2.30pm. Free, but donations welcome. The onsite museum is also informative. Pleasant tea rooms (serving the Abbey's own beer and ciders) worth a trip too. Well stocked shop.
  • Very good food at reasonable prices. Disappointed that we couldn't see around church and orchards/cider mill.
  • Had a lovely walk with fabulous views to Ampleforth Abbey well worth a visit.
  • Interesting place to visit, lovely Autumn walk and afternoon tea
  • Lovely location and well worth a visit to explore the abbey and grounds.

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